Oral Health and Stress

Dr. Natasha Radosavljevic and her team want to ensure that their patients stay healthy during this difficult time. Patients who are under stress may clench or grind teeth or not maintain their oral hygiene as properly as they did before. If you have noticed any of these dental issues arise, call our office at (727) 360-4302 or schedule an appointment online for comfortable future dental care.

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Oral Health Problems Tied to Stress

Mouth Sores: Canker or cold sores are often caused by emotional stress. Not only that, but mouth sores can cause pain and feel uncomfortable for patients. If you have a mouth sore, swish warm salt water in your mouth and use topical anesthetic products.

TMJ: Temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMJ, is a dental problem that is often caused by stress. Clenching and grinding teeth in stressful situations and at night can cause headaches, tooth damage, jaw pain, and other symptoms. We can provide you with a nightguard to make sure your teeth are not damaged and your pain abates.

Poor Oral Hygiene and Diet: Patients who are stressed may not be giving themselves the time to brush teeth or floss regularly. In addition, a poor diet resulting from stress can cause a lack of vitamins and nutrients. These vitamins and nutrients not only benefit your physical health but your oral health as well. You can find vitamins in stores to make sure that you are supplementing your health.

Gum Disease: Being under stress can affect your immune system and can cause damage to your gums. Periodontitis, or gum disease, is an oral health problem that can cause gum recession and even tooth loss. We provide periodontal solutions to remove bacteria from beneath the gum line.

Dry mouth: A lack of saliva in your mouth can cause dry mouth. Saliva has many oral health benefits as it washes away food particles from your teeth and gums. Remember to hydrate often and even eat foods with high water content like fruits and vegetables. It is also a good idea to use an alcohol-free mouth wash and continue to maintain your oral health at home.